Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

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Subversive, gorgeously shot, and suitably visceral, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts injects timely feminist themes into a neo-western grindhouse framework.

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When a young widow is raped and and her cattle are stolen, she fights back and kills several of her attackers. She embarks on a journey of redemption and empowerment, but the ghost of one of the men she killed returns to haunt her.

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  • To its credit, the film eschews excess gore and mayhem, largely making its points in more subtly incisive ways.

    July 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts recalls the oaters of Sergio Leone and his brethren, all right, but it upends the usual male concerns for some serious and satisfying feminist payback.

    June 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's one of those features from a distant part of the globe that seems like it may have been created primarily for Western art houses and festivals, where its exemplary direction and feminist theme are indeed likely to win Surya new fans.

    June 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Working with the cinematographer Yunus Pasolang, Ms. Surya gives "Marlina" a stark, steady, captivating look that keeps you largely engaged even when the story and your attention drift.

    June 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A film of uneasy grandeur, at once offhand and gently mythic...

    June 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With a Morricone-inspired score, gorgeous cinematography that screams to be witnessed on a big screen, and bleak humor, this film's tightly executed, meticulously controlled surface barely contains the seething fury within.

    May 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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